National Badminton Championships: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal reach semi-finals

first_imgKidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy, all made it to the semi-finals of the National Badminton Championships on Monday in a day that was dominated by the top seeds.The big-ticket semi-final on Tuesday will be the men’s singles match between world No.2 Srikanth and former Junior world No.1 Lakshya SenThe in-form Srikanth earned a hard-fought 21-17, 23-21 victory over eighth seed Shubham Prajapati.While Srikanth began the match slowly, he picked up pace quickly in the first game to eke out an easy first game win.In the second game, Prajapati opened up an early 5-1 lead and despite some fightback from Srikanth, the eighth seed went into the break with an 11-9 advantage.Prajapati proved a tough nut to crack for Srikanth as the French Open winner struggled to level 18-18. From there Srikanth saved two game points and showed why he is the top seed to pick up two quick points to win 23-21.Lakshya Sen, on the other hand, was on his way to beat Jayaram in the first game before a heel injury forced the world No.22 to retire and Sen set up a mouth-watering match against Srikanth.The other men’s singles semi-final will be between Prannoy and Subhankar Dey.While Prannoy edged past Parupalli Kashyap 22-20, 21-19 in 39 minutes, Subhankar stunned B Sai Praneeth coming from a game down to win the match 13-21, 21-18, 22-20.In the women’s singles, PV Sindhu steamrolled over Shriyanshi Pardeshi 21-11, 21-17 in just 30 minutes to set up a semi-final clash with Ruthvika Shivani, who earlier beat Rasika Raje 21-14, 21-5.advertisementSaina Nehwal too hardly broke a sweat and east past Aakarshi Kashyap 21-17, 21-10 in 33 minutes to enter the semi-final. Nehwal will take on Anura Prabhudesai, who entered the semis with a 21-19, 21-9 victory over Saili Rane.In the doubles category, all the top seeds made it to the quarter-finals.Both Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa and Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will play tomorrow in the mixed doubles semi-finals and if they win, they will face each other in the final.On the other hand, Ponappa and Sikki will play together in the semi-finals of the women’s doubles against Aparna Balan and Sruthi KP.In the men’s doubles, both the top seed Satwik and Chirag Shetty and no.2 seed Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy made it to the semis and the top pairs have a possibility of playing each other in the final, should they cross the first hurdle tomorrow.last_img

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